Rock fishing can be an extremely enjoyable, rewarding pastime. In order to prevent personal injuries, it is however vital to be aware of and prepared for the possible dangers of rock fishing.
Dangers of rock fishing: Tides
Fishing rock marks, or rock fishing, is often done from remote or exposed locations. There are many marks that can easily be cut off by tides, so it is wise to research a mark and, if possible, visit it before facing the dangers of rock fishing. Never attempt to fish a new mark on your own or at night.
Obviously, it is essential to keep a close eye on tides and be aware of the difference between neap and spring tides. A rock that is perfectly safe during a neap tide may be completely cut off by the higher spring tide.
Dangers of rock fishing: Weather
Suddenly changing weather conditions and freak waves can sweep anglers out to sea. Keeping an eye on the weather is therefore eminently important, as is having a back-up torch or head lamp in your equipment box in case your main equipment fails.
Carrying a first aid kit, a rope and a life jacket, especially on some of the more dangerous rock marks, is also recommended.
During bad or cold weather, hypothermia is also a risk, so ensure you are wearing adequate, wind and waterproof clothing.
Dangers of rock fishing: Slippery rocks
Wet or weed and algae covered rocks can be extremely slippery. To prevent slips, trips and falls both on the approach to your mark and while fishing, it is vital to wear suitable footwear, such as, for instance, studded or specialist rockhopper boots.
Naturally, it is important to watch your step and look out for slip, trip or fall hazards at all times to prevent injuries by slipping, tripping and falling.
Dangers of rock fishing: Landing fish
In order to prevent injuries by falling into the sea when landing your catch, it is highly important never to lean over rock ledges or climb onto pier walls to use your drop net.
Fishing accidents can and will happen for all kinds of reasons. If you are injured in a rock fishing accident caused by someone else or defective equipment, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline advisory staff can help you establish your claim eligibility and arrange for one of our in-house solicitors to take over your case on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Give us a ring now on 0800 689 0500 or, when contacting us from a mobile, 0333 500 0993, for more detailed information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice